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Poem: Reflection by John D. Evans

By John D. Evans

Whenever the day seemed to beat you down
Pause for a moment and think on love
When it feels like there is no out
When darkness moves about
Pause and muse on love

Pause and reflect on love
When darkness roams about
When it pains like there is no out
Pause for a moment and think on love
Whenever the day seemed to beat you down

By John D. Evans

The Evans Poetry Collection

P.O. Box 2177 Oak Park, IL 60303

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Black Pearls Magazine Updates for May

Did you miss these exciting article in Black Pearls Magazine....
Literary Leaders Spotlight for May 2009 Poetry Spotlight: Resilience By Dana Rettig

Women, Don't Forget Your Worth

Summer Romance Selections

Book Spotlight: Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies

Intimate Conversation with author Recha

Intimate Conversation with author Matthew Aaron Goodman

Business Spotlight: Rhonda Crowder, freelance editor

Intimate Conversation with author Eugenia O'Neal

Intimate Conversation with Terri Schlichenmeyer, Book Reviewer

Black Book Clubs Rock Awards, June 20, 2009

Black College Sabbatical: Fall Quarter

Watch Me by Brenda Novak

Parenting: Miracle of Me: From Conception to Birth

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl

Blind Fall by Christopher Rice

Pursuit by Karen Robards

What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship

Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend

Straw: Finding My Way by Darryl Strawberry

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When Lightning Strikes by Keya

When Lightning Strikes by Keya
How can you have it all – education, personality, and beauty - yet your life is flooded with a sea of troubles?

Imminent, new author Keya answers this question and more in When Lightning Strikes, a novel about Ms. Taylor Devereaux, her three best friends, and her spiraling-out-of-control life. Taylor is on the road to happiness and success. She is a gorgeous and classy woman with a thriving career and a wonderful fiancĂ©e. One day, Taylor’s near perfect world is turned upside down when she discovers her future husband is cheating.

To make matters worse, while trying to put the pieces of her life back together, she finds out someone at her job has filed a sexual harassment complaint against her. She realizes someone is out to ruin her life. With Taylor’s personal life, profession, and overall reputation at stake, can she overcome it all? Or, will the stress of it all bring out another side of Taylor?

See how Taylor reacts “When Lightning Strikes.”

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The three divas glimpsed in The Last Prejudice find support in one another during the ups and downs of their juicy romances and chaotic lives. Noreen Klein is more than comfortable with smooth curves a size 24 frame enables. She never allows anyone to be her priority if she is only their option. Dahlia Hunt was married to a man with a fetish for abuse.

The gilded lenses she viewed him through are shattered, along with her self-esteem. She is left with a raging thirst for dominance. Kat Davis wrestles with releasing herself from a self-imposed emotional prison to embrace the love she deserves. Follow these three women as they fulfill their insatiable sexual appetites. They learn to be content with life, and most importantly content with themselves; to get in where they fit in – wherever that happens to be. He is also the author of Harlem’s Dragon, The Street Sweeper and Playing in the Dark.

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WHEN: Saturday, May 16th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Quality Inn at Andrews Air Force Base; 4783 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, Maryland 20746

Cost: $30.00 (includes meal and copy of The Last Prejudice) Deadline is May 14th.

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Beltsville, MD 20704

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Meet the Author
David Rivera Jr., has been writing short stories for his own entertainment since high school. He has been inspired by the writings of the contemporary black male writers that have emerged in the past few years.

His first book, Harlem's Dragon, has been met with great enthusiasm by other writers – most notably by Zane, as well as literary critics. In a recent interview, David admitted that the sex scenes depicted in his writings are taken from some of his personal experiences and enhanced for the entertainment of his readers. He enjoys the erotic writing of Anne Rice and hopes to master a full spectrum of writing genres just as she has. As a man of color, David has taken on the task of showing African American men in a more positive light in his writing. He believes that every Black Man has the responsibility of contributing something of worth to his community. The proof that he is doing his share becomes apparent in his writing.

David, the youngest of three siblings, was born in the old Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx on January 14, 1965. He grew up in the South Bronx and graduated from Norman Thomas High School located in midtown Manhattan in 1982. David has lived in Harlem for the past 20 years. He holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Masters of Science degree in Public Administration.

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25 Christian Authors Reading Live from their Books

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Thursday Night, May 7, 2009 at 8-10pm EST
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Thursday Night, May 7, 2009; 8-10pm EST

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8-8:30pm EST (Fiction)

--Victoria Christopher Murray
Book: Lady Jasmine - coming June 2009
Book: Too Little, Too Late - Released June 2009

-- Marilynn Griffith
.com Book: Mom's the Word Book: Mom's the Word


-- Pat Simmons Book: Guilty of Love, Book I

-- Kia Stokes Book: UNBOUND

8:30-9:00pm EST (Fiction)
Music: God is Good by June Rochelle

-- Toyi Ward Book: Par for the Curse

-- Sharon Oliver Book: Deliver Me from My Enemies

-- Shelia E. Lipsey Book: Beautiful Ugly

-- Roishina C. Henderson Book: Make Me Whole

-- Monique Miller Book: Secret Sisterhood

-- Angela Benson Book: Up Pops the Devil

--C. Kelly Robinson writing as Xavier Knight
Book: God Only Knows

-- Tiffany Warren, founder FAITH AND FICTION RETREAT 2009
Tiffany L. Warren writing as Nikki Carter (YA Novel)
Book: Step to This (YA Novel)

9:30-10:00pm EST (Non-Fiction)
Music: Beauty Designed by God by Stanice Anderson

-- Poetry by Russel Blake

-- Stanice Anderson Book: I SAY A PRAYER FOR ME: One Woman's Life of Faith and Triumph

-- Lacha' J. Mitchell Book: Cancer the Silent Storm

-- Paulette Harper
Website: Book: That Was Then, This Is Now

-- Cheryl L. Donovan Book: The Ministry of Motherhood

-- Tyora "Ty" Moody; upcoming blog tours Ty Webbin Creations

10:00-10:30 EST (Non-Fiction)

Sister Girl Series by Min. Celeste Kelley Narrative Exposition & Prayer

-- Sharon Norris Elliott Book: Raising Boys to be like Jesus

-- Min. Lamont Mclaurin
Book: If God Does Not Permit a Woman to Preach, then God Must be a Sexist
Contact Minister Lamont:

-- Sandra Hamer book: Glory...the Hair

-- Princess-`Odilia, SC

Quiet Strength, CD
by Russel Blake is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and MP3 Downloads.

Play This, CD
by June Rochelle is available on CD Baby, iTunes, Rhapsody, and MP3 Downloads.

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Poetry Spotlight: Resilience By Dana Rettig

Resilience By Dana Rettig

I am resilient.
I am more of a child than a woman.

I am seen, not heard.

I am resilient.
In my love's hindsight, I am not allowed to have the last word.

I am resilient.
If you cut me, I won't scream because my pain is laughter in his ears.

I am resilient.
My weakness is his strength but my knowledge is his main fear.

I am resilient.
I can't spend time with my loved ones because his jealousy over clouds his thinking.

I am resilient.
It seems as if I am flying high on cloud nine, but internally; I am truly sinking.

I am resilient.
He uses me as a ragdoll for his entertainment.

I am resilient.
I am not certain when I will ever find peace again.

Yes, my love is full of smoke.
He can get away with murder just by flashing his sweet smile.

My love is full of smoke.
He knows that for him; I'll walk a mile.

Again, I am resilient.
My life does not matter because it no longer applies.
I do not have a voice, because he does not care about my lonely cries.

COPY RIGHT 3/2/2009; All rights reserved. Request permission to reprint.

Dana Rettig is a spoken word artist/poet/author/playwright from Chicago, IL. If you liked her poem, "Resilience", you send questions/comments, to email address: Congratulations Dana on a wonderful piece!

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